18 June 2012

Upcycling Adventures Part 2

Earlier this year I attempted to upcycle a thrift store sweater with disastrous results after which I was not really interested in attempting to try it again.  Then my mother found this beauty for $4 at Goodwill last week:


This gently worn men's sweater is 100% 2-ply cashmere, a treasure to be sure.  So, I decided to put aside my past experience with upcycling and give it another try.  My mother was intrigued and decided to help me with the unraveling process, before long she was completely hooked and we were able to wind about a third of the sweater that morning.


The resulting fiber is fingering weight and a little frail, so I'll likely end up plying it for strength.  Honestly, I'm just enjoying the process of working with pure cashmere for the very first time!


I'm not sure how much yarn I'll get out of this, but I think that it will result in a lot of luxury fiber for very little cost.

Who knew a sweater could result in so much quality mother/daughter time?

The next obvious question is: what should this yarn be in its next stage of life?

20 comments:

  1. oooooh that yarn is pretty, and looks incredibly soft. I would ply it and make a shawl - something soft and drapy.... but then I am a bit shawl addicted!!!

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  2. Awesome find!! good luck, i am sure your find something amazing to turn it into!

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  3. Oh cashmere, Nice!! a yummy lap blanket/shawl? Looks like a fun project!

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  4. Oh wow. That is so amazing! I love that you got pure cashmere and mom/daughter time! It's so pretty too :) I wish I could tell you what to make, but my only thoughts are a scarf or another sweater, or maybe a shawl? Good luck with whatever you can do with it.

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  5. That looks like so much fun! I'm going to keep my eyes wide open next time we're thrifting.

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  6. What about a shawl? hmmm. Would the kink be a problem for that? Anyway, what a gorgeous find. It looks like a lot of yarn... maybe navajo plying might be an option? Keep us posted! :)

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  7. This is wonderful time together for the two of you
    Both concentrating on the same task
    hugs

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  8. Wow, what a great find! Can't wait to see what you make out of it.

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  9. How fun to figure all that out together. My mum is very helpful also when I craft. Plus what a steal to find pure cash for only $4!
    I'd say a shawl or a hat and mitts.

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  10. I love this! I adore upcycling.

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  11. There are so many possibilities! One big project - or lots of little ones to share the love with many? The best part though just might be the mom time. I'm sure she's appreciating having you around for the summer, what a great way to make memories.

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  12. Very cool on many fronts. Love the idea, love the recycling and really love the quality Mother Daughter Time!

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  13. Finding that was really lucky! Pure cashmere is something I look at longingly on the way past. I definitely think you should make something cosy out of it, like a shawl/scarf, hat and gloves or if there's enough yardage after you ply it you could make yourself a jumper :)

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  14. So clever, it doesn't even look hand knit, how ever do you frog machine knitting. Well done, hope we see the new garment you make

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  15. How exciting! I wonder what it'll turn into? Something beautifully soft that's for sure - well done :)

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  16. Yay for successful sweater-reclaiming! I myself had a disastrous trying-to-reclaim-sweater yarn experience after which I haven't attempted it again, hah. (I bought a striped kids' sweater at a yard sale, thinking it was variegated yarn---it wasn't. It was single-coloured yarn, in thin stripes, with knots at the end of every row.) But I'm glad that your second attempt is going well, and giving you some nice time with your mom, too. :)

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  17. Whatever the end result, the most important is that you are enjoying the process. What a nice project to work with your mother. Please keep us posted about what's next for this treasure.

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  18. such a great find. cannot WAIT to see what this becomes!

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  19. I love that you can ply the yarn together. I don't spin so I'd just have thousands of yards of fingering weight.

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